Pluto and the Armadillo

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : February 19, 1943

Running Time : 7:21


Mickey stays pretty much in the background as Pluto befriends an armadillo while on a South American trip. He at first fights with the animal, but not after thinking he's killed it.


Mickey Mouse
Armadillo (unnamed)


Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi


Hier ist Pluto
Winny Puh a Tu Per Tu


United States
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 11 : Best Pals : Mickey and Pluto
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 12 : Best Pals : Mickey and Pluto


Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 55

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Jerry Edwards : While awaiting a refueling stop at Belem, Brazil, Mickey and Pluto get off the plane to stretch and relax. Pluto chases his rubber ball into the forest where he comes across a curled-up armadillo, who Pluto mistakes for his ball - since the ball and armadillo are the same colors. After playing with the armadillo, Pluto chases it after it laughs at him. The armadillo hides, leaving the ball in view. When Pluto attacks the ball so violently that it explodes, he mistakenly thinks he has killed the armadillo. The armadillo comes out from hiding, leaving Pluto very relieved. At that moment, Mickey runs up and scoops up Pluto and the "ball," hurrying to get back on board before the plane takes off. Mickey is very surprised when the ball turns into an armadillo after the plane has taken off.

Not one of my favorite cartoons, but the armadillo is cute and I'm a nature fan of real armadillos.

I count this cartoon among Disney's World War II shorts because it was originally planned to be part of The Three Caballeros, developed from the South America Disney "Good Neighbor" trip.

From Baruch Weiss : This short was great and the armadillo was cute, especially when the narrator calls the armadillo (or tattoo) an odd shaped basket and the little critter pops out and gives a look that says "I beg your pardon?"